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Titus 2:11

Friday, April 21, 2017

🐀

Hi friends! I finished the little Easter freebie I was working on. It did NOT take one hour to stitch up as the designer suggested, but that is okay. It is adorable, don't you agree?
You can find this freebie HERE. I stitched this one over one on 28ct white Meran linen using DMC of my own choosing.

I am now back to stitching up my mom's birthday gift. It is a freebie with a black cat. I need to think up a way to finish this piece for her.

I have pink pansies!!😊 I only have some of them planted as of yet. I can only get into the garden in short spurts or my headache soars. Even while wearing polarized sunglasses in the shade.

Speaking of pink.... Have you seen this awesome HUGE set of PINK freebies by Maria Diaz? It is only available for a few more days this month. Go now!!! CLICK HERE
What is in the center of it all?!? Oh yeah!! The best!! Woo hoo!! A PINK POODLE!!🐩🐩🐩

Our sweet, little Henry had a dental cleaning this week. He had 5 teeth pulled. The poor boy lost all four of his front and center teeth. 😞 He is on antibiotics and pain medicine. It is common for toy breeds to lose their teeth unfortunately.

Thank you for stopping in today friends. I will have another chart to giveaway next week. I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie




 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Christ Is Risen!

Hi friends! Christ is Risen!

Did you have a good weekend? I did. A weekend filled with church services. Easter lunch at mom's surrounded by family, laughter and lots of food (chocolate). I even got into the garden for a bit. I got out there early before the sun could reach the garden bed I chose to work on. I was in the shade wearing my polarized sun glasses also and I limited my time. That is my only way to avoid getting a migraine.

I finished the stitching and made up the small gift for my friend. No pictures for you. Yet. I then started stitching a gift for my mom. Her birthday is next month. I was working on that for a few days when I suddenly got an urge to stitch a sweet Easter freebie. I almost finished it. Almost. I will share it next time.

I had three people enter to win the chart I was giving away. This chart Laughing In Flowers

I simply wrote their names on strips of paper, folded them, shook them up in my cupped hands and pulled out.... Clare!

I will be having another giveaway soon.
Woo hoo! I read the latest, newest Maisie Dobbs novel!! 😊 In This Grave Hour is a great book! I truly enjoyed it. I think I am getting to know Maisie a bit too well, because I knew who the killer was half way through the book, I knew she was going to be completely attached to this little girl and I will call it right now. She is going to adopt this little girl in a coming book. And I knew Maisie was going back to work, helping her  country during this war. There will be danger coming up for Maisie. Oh yes. Despite this, I love the it all!

Sunday September 3rd 1939.  At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain’s declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War.
 In a London shadowed by barrage balloons, bomb shelters and the threat of invasion, within days another former Belgian refugee is found murdered.  And as Maisie delves deeper into the killings of the dispossessed from the “last war," a new kind of refugee — an evacuee from London — appears in Maisie's life. The little girl billeted at Maisie’s home in Kent does not, or cannot, speak, and the authorities do not know who the child belongs to or who might have put her on the “Operation Pied Piper” evacuee train.  They know only that her name is Anna.
 As Maisie’s search for the killer escalates, the country braces for what is to come.  Britain is approaching its gravest hour — and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own.
 I get my next round of Botox shots on Thursday. Please pray these help me. The first shots helped a bit. They said not to expect much with the first round of shots. So I am hopeful for this time. Thank you.πŸ’•
***EDIT*** The doctor's office called this afternoon and cancelled my appointment. Doctor's wife is due to have their baby at any moment I am told. They rescheduled me for May 11th. 😣 So, well, carry on as usual with the daily headaches. I just was looking forward to maybe actually getting true relief ASAP!!!
 
I hope you have an excellent week my friends!

Look without and be distressed
Look within and be depressed
But look to Christ and be at rest

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Friday, April 14, 2017

🐰Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop🐰

 
Hello to friends new and old! I am so glad to have you all stop by. Today I am taking part in the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop of 2017, hosted by our friend Jo. You can learn more about this, and find out where the Hunt begins, by going to Jo's blog. Each of us in the Hunt are sharing an Easter or Spring stitched finish with you. Here is mine.
Stitched one over one with DMC 760 and 761 on 32ct Baby Lotion linen
This is an old freebie I stitched up two years ago and have made into a pinkeep for display in my cubby shelf. You can find the freebie RIGHT HERE.

Each of us participating in this Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop were assigned a letter. If you visit Jo's blog to find out where to begin, then you can hop from blog to blog, collecting letters as you go. You will end up with the Mystery Phrase. :) My letter is
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You need to visit Gracie's blog next to continue on in order, and solve the mystery!
I have a GIVEAWAY going on right now that ends on Monday the 17th. If you would like to enter click HERE to go to the giveaway post.

Have a blessed Easter my friends!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Monday, April 10, 2017

🌼

Hi friends! Did you have a nice weekend? We had lovely weather in the sixties and sunny. We attended a celebratory lunch on Saturday for my in-laws. They have been married 50 years now. It was all very nice.

Here is my April display in my cubby shelf.
I finished A Wish For You last week.
One over one on 25ct cream Dublin linen
I changed the bunny a bit. I stitched him in 612 instead of  840 to make him a bit lighter. I also stitched his tail in Wisper. 😊
I stitched all the house trim in 453 to match my grandparents' house trim. The windows are filled with Ecru instead of 738 because I could not find my 738. Ha!  I left the very upper left space above the house empty and left off the tiny diamond things. I like it a bit plainer like this.

I am now stitching up a pretty, little gift for a friend. So no pictures. I can show you what I began with.
Pretty colors, aren't they? I am not sure you can see the light blue variegation of the evenweave.

I would like to offer this pattern for an etui pincushion, a shaped needlebook, and a scissors fob to anyone who is interested. This pattern is removed from the May 2013 Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine. This giveaway is for the few pages of this pattern only, not the whole magazine. I will be folding this pattern to fit into a business size envelope to save on postage. If you would like this pattern, you need to be a follower of mine,and leave a comment on this post. I will draw a name on April 17th.
P.S. I did not do the finishing I had hoped to do on my cute Spring stitching. boo!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Chart Winner

Hi friends! Thank you for the encouraging comments you left me about my work on A Wish For You. I will show you how much stitching I have accomplished over the weekend. I concentrated on the BIG house.
Here is how far Emerson has come on his woodpecker embroidery. You can see that he has been working at it for hours. He shortened the beak, changed the throat, thinned the breast a bit, and changed the tail also. Lots of unstitching! Not fun he tells me. I tell him, "I know!" ;) He has broken two needles in the process.
Not one person who lives in the United States left a comment stating they would like the Kingsland pattern I offered one week ago. Only our dear friend Jo. So guess what Jo? ;) Yes, I am sending it to you. 😊

I will continue on with A Wish For You this week. I need to force myself to take a break though and do a little finishing on a seasonal piece that is so cute, it just has to see the light of day and be made up! See? I am typing this here, so that I now must do it. I am just really, really enjoying A Wish For You.

Little, tiny bits of green are just starting to poke up out of the ground here. I have not one thing blooming. Hopefully soon.

I hope that you my friends have a really nice week! Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie





Friday, March 31, 2017

A Wish For You☘️

Hi friends! I hope all is well with you. Murphy is all better and sleeping his usual 10 or 11 hour nights again. Thank you for your well wishes and concern. He recovered right after my last post. He had zero internal parasites, so I am quite sure it was the Slim Jim that did not go well with his tummy. No more spicy food for Murphy ever!

Here is a picture of the progress I have made on A Wish For You.
The solution I came up with for the very large house, that I want to be white like my grandparent's home, is to stitch the first part of each cross stitch (this part //// ) DMC B5200. Then I am going over each of those with this part \\\\ using VMSS Baby Pink and White. This is giving me a very pale pink house. I like it.😍 How many of you guessed I would be stitching the house in pink?! tee hee The two greens I am using are DMC 522 and 320. I barely got their names to fit. Yikes!

Here are my Grandma and Grandpa Kehoe at one of their daughter's weddings (my Auntie Kathy).
I finished reading In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II by Rhys Bowen. I liked this book very much. I knew nothing about M 15 Secret Intellegence Service for the United Kingdom, and there is a bit of that in this book.
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.
As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?
Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.
Thank you for stopping by today my friends. I am so glad you did. I welcome my new friends! I wish you all a splendid weekend!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, March 27, 2017

😴

Hi friends! How are you? I am dragging. It has been 6 nights of interrupted sleep for me. And Murphy. He has been getting up 4 times a night, every night, for 6 nights in a row now. Brian works third shift and Murphy is definitely MY dog, so it is me and Murph. He has this weird mucousy poop happening. We took a sample in to the vet on Saturday morning to be tested. They send it out, so we don't get results until today. I am not so sure he has internal parasites anyways, but we must rule that out. The night this started, Madeleine gave Murphy a tiny piece of a Slim Jim that day. I think this old boy cannot handle such a thing and his digestive tract got whacked out. I am just guessing. We are waiting to talk to the vet today. I have yet to tell the vet of the Slim Jim. Murphy is acting fine during the day. Eating and drinking fine. He still naps a LOT during the day OF COURSE! Wish I did!!!πŸ˜ͺ

I took another picture of the Forever Be My Always pattern picture from the Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine for you. It has been a long time since I have shown you this. Some of you thought I was almost done. I have a ways to go yet. This will get pulled out and worked on again late in April.
 I am working on A Wish For You. I am dedicating this block to my Grandma and Grandpa Kehoe. Here is a picture of the pattern with the 4 different choices of  DMC recommended to stitch up the shamrocks in the border.
Now do any of those look like the correct color to you? It is probably hard to see, but the shamrocks are more of the kelly green color. I just went through my DMC til I found two that matched the cover photo to my liking.

The next HUGE change to this sampler is the house. I actually started stitching it with the dark red for the bricks. I had to stop. It bothered me way too much. You see, my Grandma and Grandpa's house is still there in West Allis. It unfortunately left the family in the 1980's, but it has ALWAYS and is STILL a white sided house. Now I know all of these homes in each sampler of this AotH series are not necessarily representative of  our families' homes. But this big,dramatic brick house was just too different. And I want this block to be for Grandma and Grandpa Kehoe with the Irish shamrocks. Soooo.. I pulled out the dark red stitches. I stitched B5200 for a bit. I do not believe this is going to work. It is just too light on cream Dublin linen. So I will be pulling out these stitches now and figuring out the correct color floss to use.

Here is where Emerson is now on his woodpecker embroidery.
Looking great isn't it?!

Here is the chart I am giving away.
 I am sorry, but due to postage, you must live in America to enter this giveaway. You must also be a follower of mine and leave a comment on this post. I will announce the winner on Monday, April 3rd.

That's all for me today my friends. I will have a picture of A Wish For You on Friday. I hope you have a great week!

Stiching and praying,
Vickie




Friday, March 24, 2017

🍎

Hi friends! Here is an update photo on how far I have gotten on Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon.
 I now have this tucked away, and have pulled out the next sampler chart by Blackbird Designs in the Anniversaries of the Heart series, which is A Wish For You. This one I am dedicating to my mom. I have been having fun (yeah right!) finding correct colors for the flosses, since many of them do not look anything like the ones on the cover photo. Also I am once again changing things just a bit.

Madeleine came home a few days ago from her university art class with a needle felted McIntosh apple she made me. 😊 This is my favorite kind of apple.
I have been looking through my stash and found some charts to giveaway. I will have one to giveaway next time.

Well I hope this weekend is a lovely one for you. Thank you for stopping by and saying hi!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, March 20, 2017

🌷Happy Spring!🌷

Hi friends! Happy Spring! Take a look at this.
This is not my work. This is the handiwork of Emerson. Yes, it is true. He asked me two weeks ago how to embroider a woodpecker on his Levi's denim shirt pocket. I pulled out my 1929 Samplers and Stitches  by Mrs. Archibald Christie and we began a few lessons. His progress is slow but sure. Emerson is a carpenter. He works full time during the days. Once he unwinds at night, he has lately been spending a little time with me at the kitchen table, where we both take up our needles.😊

Here is a progress picture of my work on Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon. I am enjoying stitching a bit more pink into the design.😁
In other news, I am still coughing and of course taking my antibiotics. I barely feel improvement. I am halfway through the course of antibiotics. I will give it two or three days more, then give my doctor a call and ask if I should be rechecked by her for this sinus infection and the bronchitis. Maybe I will need to be on the antibiotics for a longer amount of time than 10 days.

Thank you for stopping by to say hi. I hope you stay away from sick germs! Have a stitchtastic week now!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Friday, March 17, 2017

πŸ€Happy St. Patrick's Day !πŸ€

Hi friends!
How are you? Better than me I hope! I have been coughing for almost exactly a month now. I went to a doctor last week. He said my lungs sound clear and to take an allergy pill, use over the counter nasal spray and use cough syrup. Nope. I went to my doctor on Wednesday and I have bronchitis and a sinus infection. She gave me antibiotics and told me to use the nasal spray, and I should be all fixed up.

Here is a progress picture on Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon.
 That is about it for me for me friends. You are all so sweet with your kind comments. Thank you.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie







Monday, March 13, 2017

❄️️Whoa With The Snow Already!! ❄️️

Hi friends! What is the weather like by you? Are you having crazy amounts of snow? As I type this post we have 12 inches of snow now, and it is still coming down.The snow started coming last night. I tried to get a picture of the three poodles in the snow for you, NOPE! They did their business quick like. No messing around in this stuff. So here ya go.
Yep. Picture that times three. ;) Looks just like them.

Here are my monthly pieces on display in the cubby shelf.
I have been working on Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon. Here is my update photo.
Brian, Madeleine and I went to an antique mall last week. The one and only thing we purchased was this.
I spotted this POODLE immediately. Now you may not think it is a poodle. Brian did not initially. Madeleine doubted for a moment or two. It was labelled as an alabaster and marble spaniel, but people, I ask you. Do I know poodles? Yes. Yes, I do. I checked on the internet when we got home and it is a poodle and worth more than double than what we paid. And I do not see any with a pink marble base anywhere. tee hee!! Mine! Mine! Love!


I have finished reading Jane and the Ghosts of Netley by Stephanie Barron. This one left me stunned. I am not saying more, in case some of you decide to read these Jane Austen mysteries. I really like all of these Jane novels by Stephanie. The storylines are based on the actual events in Jane's life. I only find myself wanting to shove her into romance that is not going to happen as we know. :(  You can read more about Stephanie and her techniques to creating "Jane" HERE.
In her seventh captivating adventure, Jane Austen finds her crime-solving mettle put to the test in a confounding case of intrigue, murder, and high treason. Among the haunted ruins of an ancient abbey, Jane is drawn into a shadow world of dangerous secrets and traitorous hearts where not only her life is at stake—but the fate of England.
As Jane Austen stands before the abandoned ruins of Netley Abbey, she imagines that ghosts really do haunt the centuries-old monastery. But the green-cloaked figure who startles her is all too human and he bears an unexpected missive from Lord Harold Trowbridge, one of the British government’s most trusted advisers—and a man who holds a high place in Jane’s life.Trowbridge tells Jane about a suspected traitor in their midst—and the disastrous consequences if she succeeds. But is Sophia Challoner, a beautiful widow with rumored ties to Emperor Bonaparte, really an agent of the enemy?

Dispatched to Netley Lodge, Jane sets about gaining the confidence of the mysterious and intriguing lady even as Trowbridge’s grim prediction bears fruit: a British frigate is set afire and its shipwright found with his throat cut.It’s clear that someone is waging a clandestine war of terror and murder. But before Jane can follow the trail of conspiracy to its source and unmask a calculating killer, the cold hand of murder will fall mercilessly yet again—and suddenly Jane may find herself dying for her country.

Elegantly intriguing, Jane and the Ghosts of Netley is a beautifully crafted novel of wit, character, and suspense that transports Jane and her many fans into a mystery of truly historical proportions—and a case that will test the amateur sleuth’s true colors under fire.
Thank you for stopping by today my friends. YOU are a blessing in my life! I hope you have a super week!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie



Friday, March 10, 2017

Jesus Prayer

Hi friends! I have worked all week on the Bonus Chart and have completed it. You will notice I have replaced the center with the Jesus Prayer, instead of the alphabet and numbers that were charted. I also added a cross at the bottom.
I made two color changes to match the pattern photo better. 642 instead of 3011 and 3740 instead of 3781.
I am now stitching on Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon again.
I read another book by Jacqueline Winspear two weeks ago. This one is NOT one from the Maisie Dobbs series. It is a FANTASTIC book! I loved it! The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War was such a good read and not what I expected.
The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series turns her prodigious talents to this World War I standalone novel, a lyrical drama of love struggling to survive in a damaged, fractured world.
By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained—by Thea’s passionate embrace of women’s suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea’s brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea’s gift to Kezia is a book on household management—a veiled criticism of the bride’s prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia’s responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil.
As Tom marches to the front lines, and Kezia battles to keep her ordered life from unraveling, they hide their despair in letters and cards filled with stories woven to bring comfort. Even Tom’s fellow soldiers in the trenches enter and find solace in the dream world of Kezia’s mouth-watering, albeit imaginary meals. But will well-intended lies and self-deception be of use when they come face to face with the enemy?
Published to coincide with the centennial of the Great War, The Care and Management of Lies paints a poignant picture of love and friendship strained by the pain of separation and the brutal chaos of battle. Ultimately, it raises profound questions about conflict, belief, and love that echo in our own time.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends! Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie